Fucking with Friedman

Introduction to Reading With PostsThis is the first of a new type of post that will consist of close readings of short excerpts of texts, for students and anyone who’s interested. The idea is to include short excerpts from sources I’m currently reading—primarily on race, class, gender, decolonialism, capitalism, logistics, infrastructure, cities, and disaster—to share… Continue reading Fucking with Friedman

Placing Classification

I’ve been thinking about the places of classification, meaning both where it takes place and how different classification systems incorporate space and place. This is in part a reaction to collaborative work I’ve been doing (with a group from the Algorithms Studies Network), since algorithms are (in)famous for traveling across domains without attending to the… Continue reading Placing Classification

This blog is a collection of research updates, rough ideas, and harebrained schemes that I won't have a chance to work through in the near future. I'll publish some of these eventually if there's time. My more polished work can be found via the "Publications" link in the menu at top right. Topics include:  … Continue reading

Orcing the Other

The Power Dynamics of Role Playing The celebrated author N.K. Jemisin has written about her problem with orcs, which is related to the ways that orcs build on racist stereotypes. In her words: "Think about that. Creatures that look like people, but aren’t really. Kinda-sorta-people, who aren’t worthy of even the most basic moral considerations, like the… Continue reading Orcing the Other